It’s been a tough time for the Minnesota Timberwolves lately. They’ve been playing without their star and leader Kevin Love for almost a month and since January 21st they have a record of 2-13. To make matters worse, the schedule is not kind to the Timberwolves in the near future.
Love originally broke his hand on October 17th doing a knuckle push up at home. After making his season debut on November 21st, Love averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds in 18 games before fracturing the same hand on January 3rd. When Love went down the second time the Timberwolves were 10-10 with him and 15-14 overall. Since Love’s injury the Timberwolves have a 3-14 record.
It’ll only get worse for the Timberwolves before it begins to get better. The Timberwolves this season are only 8-20 against teams with a winning record as opposed to 10-8 against teams with losing records. Six of the team’s next seven games are against teams with a winning record. The only one of their next seven with a losing record is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This year the Timberwolves have been much better at home than they have on the road. While they are 12-11 at the Target Center, they are 6-17 on the road. That doesn’t bode well for this next stretch of games as three of the seven will be on the road including their one game against a team with a losing record.
It’s been a long season for the Timberwolves and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. Though Love has returned to the team, he is still at least a month from being able to play as he is just beginning his rehabilitation. And to make matters worse, this next stretch of games will be tough. With six of the next seven against winning teams and three of those away from home, it seems as though their schedule is working against them. It looks as though it will continue to be a long road ahead for the Timberwolves.